May 16, 1943, in The Star: The Quintard Avenue access road to Fort McClellan will be completed within a few weeks, weather permitting, because the R. T. Smith Company is laying concrete at a rapid pace. It shouldn’t be many days until concrete is being laid south of 22nd Street in the four-block section where work was halted by a temporary injunction several months ago. Also this date: The First National Bank of Anniston, at 11th and Noble, this year celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of its founding. Four pages inside today’s issue are filled with advertising and a brief history of the bank’s operations here. W. H. Weatherly is chairman of the bank’s board of directors. Additionally: A wire story on Page 1 describes the commencement of a new and intensified Allied air offensive against enemy forces in Europe. “For two days we have watched American boys in U.S. bombers and fighters taking off to plaster the enemy and come back again, the most heartening sight that we have seen in England. … For the first time now you get a feeling that the Americans are really fighting the war in this theater.” The dispatch was written by United Press staff correspondent Walter Cronkite.
May 16, 1993, in The Star: One of the biggest changes longtime nurses have noticed about their profession is that the patients they treat are sicker. Insurance companies no longer pay for someone to check into a hospital for a couple of weeks of rest. Also, patients who used to stay in the hospital for a week to recover from surgery are now sent home after a few days. “We are doing less warehousing and we are doing more treatment,” said Susie Parris, a nurse in the psychiatry unit at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. Another change, said Joni Thomas, a nurse with the newborns at RMC, is that there’s more communication between the nurse and a patient’s family. “You get more involved” with them, she said.